The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The State Theatre in Culpeper, VA, in collaboration with the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, offers additional film screenings, regularly programmed on Sunday afternoons with occasional showings on other days as well.
The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
In case of inclement weather, for screenings at the Packard Campus Theater, check the information line at (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 no sooner than three hours before show time to see if the movie has been cancelled. For screenings at the State Theatre, call their box office at 540-829-0292.
For more information about how to attend, go to the “About the Theater” link at the top of this page.
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About the Upcoming Films
With a wink and a nod to April Fool’s Day, the Packard Campus Theater will pay tribute to screwball comedy with a month-long look at the popular genre that thrived in America in the 1930s and early '40s. From lesser known early examples such as “The Matrimonial Bed,” to classics on the National Film Registry starring The Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields and Cary Grant, and ending with Peter Bogdanovich’s reboot “What’s Up Doc?,” there will be plenty to laugh about.
Film Historian Bruce Lawton will be on hand to introduce two rare screenings of writer-director Michael Cimino’s controversial epic western “Heaven’s Gate”: a 35 mm film print of the 1981 theatrically released "director's cut" running at 149 minutes, and the original premiere version that was shown earlier - in New York in November 1980 for one week only, the following evening. The latter, a scarce 70 mm print, with a running time of 219 minutes, is the only know existing copy of this version and this will be the first time the Packard Campus Theater has run the high-resolution 70mm format. Cimino’s 1978 Academy Award winning “The Deer Hunter” will be screened the same weekend, also in a rare 70 mm print.
A new print of the 1928 version of “Ramona,” preserved by the Library of Congress in association with the Národní Filmový Archiv in Prague, will be screened with live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson and preceded by a presentation detailing the restoration work involved.
Friday, March 28 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
CAPOTE (United Artists, 2005 – R rated*)
Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Academy Award, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award as Best Actor for his portrayal of the flamboyant writer Truman Capote. Directed by Bennett Miller, the film covers the period when Capote was conducting research for his book “In Cold Blood,” an account of the murder of a Kansas family. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 114 minutes
Saturday, March 29 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
BOOGIE NIGHTS (New Line, 1997 – R rated*)
Paul Thomas Anderson wrote and directed this serio-comic story set in 1977 about an extended family of movie-makers, misfits and hangers-on presided over by Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), a director who makes what he calls “adult films, exotic motion pictures.” Mark Wahlberg stars as Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler, Horner’s new star. Philip Seymour Hoffman received critical praise in his breakthrough role as Scotty J., a gawky soundman who is infatuated with Diggler. Academy Award Nominations for acting went to Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore while Anderson was nominated for his screenplay. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 155 minutes
Sunday, March 30 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
GONE WITH THE WIND (MGM, 1939)
Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Mitchell, this civil-war epic drama was the longest, most expensive and successful Hollywood film made up to that point in time. The story, set in Georgia during the American Civil War and Reconstruction, depicts the experiences of Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner who uses every means possible to come out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's March to the Sea. Directed by Victor Fleming, and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, the film set a record for Academy Award wins and nominations, winning in eight categories from a total of thirteen nominations. It was selected for the National Film Registry in 1989.
Color, 238 minutes
Thursday, April 3 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
SCREWBALL COMEDY DOUBLE FEATURE
THE MATRIMONIAL BED (Warner Bros., 1930)
One of future “Casablanca” director Michael Curtiz’s earlier efforts is a comedy based on a French farce in which the remarried wife (Florence Eldridge) suddenly discovers that her late husband Adolphe (Frank Fay) is living as a married and philandering hairdresser with amnesia ever since the train crash that supposedly killed him. James Gleason and Lilyan Tashman co-star as the other spouses caught up in the ensuing complications.
Black & white, 69 minutes
TWO HEADS ON A PILLOW (Liberty Pictures, 1934)
Neil Hamilton and Miriam Jordan play a couple of young lawyers who fall in love, marry and soon after divorce thanks in part to a meddling mother-in-law. Years later, the estranged couple find themselves facing each other in court on opposite sides of an alienation-of-affections suit. William Nigh directed this comedy drama, often cited as a precursor to the more celebrated Tracy-Hepburn vehicle “Adam's Rib.”
Black & white, 68 minutes
Friday, April 4 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
BABETTE’S FEAST (Orion Classics, 1987)
Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), “Babette’s Feast” is the lovingly layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. Starring Stephane Audran, Birgitte Federspiel and Bodil Kjer, it was the first Danish film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In Danish with English subtitles.
Color, 102 minutes
Saturday, April 5 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
SCREWBALL COMEDY DOUBLE FEATURE
DUCK SOUP (Paramount, 1933)
Thanks to the patronage of well-heeled widow Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) becomes dictator of the tiny country of Freedonia. But when the ambassador of the bordering nation of Sylvania declares his love for Mrs. Teasdale, Firefly declares war. The Marx Brothers are at their best in this raucous political satire, in which Chico, Harpo and Zeppo co-star as spies and counterspies. Directed by Leo McCarey, the zany comedy was added to the National Film Registry in 1990.
Black & white, 68 minutes
IT’S A GIFT (Paramount, 1934)
W.C. Fields stars as a henpecked New Jersey grocer who must contend with an overbearing wife, annoying children, an incompetent assistant, customers, and salesmen as he makes plans to move to California to grow oranges. Norman Z. McLeod directed the comedy which was added to the National Film Registry in 2010.
Black & white, 68 minutes
Sunday, April 6 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
FIELD OF DREAMS (Universal, 1989)
Kevin Costner stars as an Iowa farmer who hears a mysterious voice telling him to turn his cornfield into a baseball diamond. He does, but the voice's directions don't stop -- even after the spirits of deceased ballplayers turn up to play. James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster co-star as a reclusive writer and a slugger turned doctor, respectively, with Ray Liotta turning in a pivotal performance as "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. Phil Alden Robinson directed this Academy Award nominated fantasy and also wrote the screenplay, adapted from W. P. Kinsella's novel “Shoeless Joe.”
Color, 107 minutes
Thursday, April 10 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (Paramount, 1942)
Ginger Rogers stars as Susan Applegate, a young woman in her 20's who's fed up with New York and decides to go home to Iowa. Short on cash, she masquerades as a 12-year-old to qualify for a half-price train ticket. On the trip, she meets a handsome major (Ray Milland) who takes her under his wing, but can't understand his growing attraction to this "child." Billy Wilder made his American directorial debut with this comedy that he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Charles Brackett.
Black & white, 100 minutes
Friday, April 11 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
RAMONA (United Artists, 1928)
Ramona (Dolores Del Rio), a young, half-breed ward of a tyrannical California sheep rancher, elopes with Indian chieftain Alessandro (Warner Baxter), hoping for a new life embracing her heritage. Edwin Carewe directed this adaptation of Helen Hunt Jackson’s popular 1884 novel. This is a brand new restoration print preserved by the Library of Congress in association with the Národní Filmový Archiv in Prague. A presentation by Packard Campus staffer Valerie Cervantes about the restoration work will precede the screening. Andrew Simpson will provide live musical accompaniment for the western drama.
Black & white, 80 minutes
Saturday, April 12 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
GODS AND GENERALS (Warner Bros., 2003)
Director-producer Ron Maxwell mines America's history in this epic movie chronicling the Civil War's beginnings in 1861 to the tragic Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 and the heroes who defended their honor on both fronts. Based on the novel by Jeffrey Shaara, the cast features Robert Duvall as Gen. Robert E. Lee, Stephen Lang as Gen. Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson and Jeff Daniels as Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a College professor whose tactics change the outcome at Gettysburg.
Color, 219 minutes
Sunday, April 13 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
GETTYSBURG (Universal, 1993)
The fiercest battle fought on American soil is depicted in this engrossing and realistic production that painstakingly re-creates the events of three fateful days in July 1863 -- from some actual battle locations to the uniforms and boots. The cast includes Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen and Richard Jordan. Ronald F. Maxwell directed the epic Civil War film and wrote the screenplay based on Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Killer Angels.”
Color, 271 minutes
Thursday, April 17 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
HEAVEN’S GATE – 149 minute, 35 mm version (United Artists, 1981 - R-rated*)
On the heels and strength of his Academy Award winning breakthrough film “The Deer Hunter,” writer-director Michael Cimino began a three-year filmmaking odyssey that would become both infamous and legendary and hobble his career. The 2012 retooled and re-tweaked digital resurrection of “Heaven’s Gate” - revisited by Cimino himself - makes it ripe to screen the initial celluloid incarnations of the film, to reveal the original intentions of a 40 year old artistic visionary to will into being a cinematic masterpiece in the vein of the grand, intimate epics of David Lean. This rarely shown (and never available on home video in the U.S) second cut by Cimino - released to theaters in April 1981 - was a valiant attempt to appease and salvage one of the biggest onslaughts of derision and bad press an artist has ever endured. Not just shorter, this version differs significantly from its longer twin in its use of alternate footage, scene placement, selective added spoken narrative, a reworked sound mix and other details. Film historian Bruce Lawton will be on hand for an introduction and Q&A after the film. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 149 minutes
Friday, April 18 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
HEAVEN’S GATE – 219 minute, 70 mm version (United Artists, 1980 - R-rated*)
Research into the history of barbed wire led to stumbling upon a footnote of American history known as "The Johnson County War" from which writer-director Michael Cimino fashioned this tale of class war in the American West. Kris Kristofferson gives a sensitive performance as a Harvard educated lawman in Wyoming, trying to serve and protect his immigrant community from powerful cattle barons (headed by Sam Waterston) hell-bent on eradicating them - all the while involved in a love triangle with a successful madam (Isabelle Huppert) and mercenary (Christopher Walken). This 70mm "show print" that premiered in New York City in November 1980 and played for just one week before being pulled in disgrace (and resides at The Library of Congress), now stands as a unique artifact and record of how the film was originally prepared by its author. At 219 minutes and with its roadshow intermission intact, this is a unique opportunity to see the grand masterwork as it was first envisioned. Film historian Bruce Lawton will be on hand for an introduction and Q&A after the film. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 219 minutes
Saturday, April 19 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
THE DEER HUNTER (Universal, 1978 - R-rated*)
Michael Cimino won an Oscar for his direction of this in-depth examination of how the Vietnam War affected the lives of people in a small industrial town. This Academy Award-winning Best Film of the year, war drama stars Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep and will be shown in a rarely seen 70 mm print. The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1996. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 182 minutes
Thursday, April 24 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
THE AWFUL TRUTH (Columbia, 1937)
Cary Grant and Irene Dunne star as Jerry and Lucy Warriner, a married couple who mistakenly suspect each other of infidelity and file for divorce – and then go to outlandish lengths to make each other jealous. This screwball comedy received six Academy Award Nominations including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor for Ralph Bellamy as Dunne's new suitor, and Best Picture. Leo McCarey scored a win for his sprightly direction. The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1996.
Black & white, 91 minutes
Friday, April 25 (7:30 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
WHAT’S UP, DOC? (Warner Bros., 1972)
Barbra Streisand stars as a klutzy but brilliant college drop-out who sets her sights on an absent-minded professor played by Ryan O’Neal in this homage to classic screwball comedies from director Peter Bogdanovich. The fast-paced action takes place at a Musicologists Convention held in a San Francisco Hotel where four identical overnight bags are accidentally mixed up. The contents of the various pieces of luggage are: stolen Top Secret documents, pounds of diamonds, a lot of ordinary clothing and some igneous rocks. Madeline Kahn, in her feature film debut, received a Golden Globe nomination for playing O’Neal’s impossibly square fiancé.
Color, 94 minutes
Saturday, April 26 (2:00 p.m.) at the Packard Theater
MATILDA (TriStar Pictures, 1996)
Danny DeVito directed this fantasy film based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl. Cursed with uncaring parents and a cruel school principal, 6-year-old Matilda (Mara Wilson) escapes into books. But with a kindly teacher on her side, Matilda discovers hidden powers within herself -- which she uses to fight back against the bullies in her life. Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman and Embeth Davidtz are also featured in the cast.
Color, 98 minutes
Sunday, April 27 (2:00 p.m.) at the State Theatre
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (MGM, 1952)
Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds and Jean Hagen star in this beloved sparkling musical comedy about the transition from silent films to talkies. Songs include "Good Morning," "Make 'Em Laugh" and the iconic title tune. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen directed this National Film Registry selection, which was added to the registry in 1989, its inaugural year.
Color, 103 minutes
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